Municipal Enterprise

U.S. Conference of Mayors

As the official organization of cities with over 30,000 members, The Conference of U.S. Mayors contributes to the development of national urban policy. At U.S. Mayors' conferences, the respective mayors represent each of the more than 1,000 member-municipalities. In adopting policy positions, the Conference helps make federal officials aware of the concerns and needs of urban areas. Read more about U.S. Conference of Mayors...

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is a nonprofit educational organization that provides research, analysis, and education in the areas of land taxation, land markets, and land as common property. Read more about Lincoln Institute of Land Policy...

Center for Urban and Regional Policy

Founded in 1999, the center focuses on a wide range of issues dealing with cities, including research and advocacy work relating to transit-oriented development. Read more about Center for Urban and Regional Policy...

The Brookings Institution

The Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institutions publishes a wide variety of studies on community development issues including land use and transportation issues. Read more about The Brookings Institution...

Rural Community Assistance Partnership

The Rural Community Assistance partnership engages in applied research, policy development, public education, and advocacy on rural issues, with a focus on issues of community infrastructure. Read more about Rural Community Assistance Partnership...

National League of Cities

The National League of Cities was founded in 1924 as a representative organization for America's cities. The NLC has since expanded to include over 18,000 municipal members. Through a variety of programs, NLC works to educate and assist both government officials and public servants in their capacity as policymakers. Read more about National League of Cities...

National Governors Association

The National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation's governors. The NGA also operates the Center for Best Practices, which focuses on state innovations on a wide range of issues, including economic development. Read more about National Governors Association...

National Council for Public-Private Partnerships

The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships aims to advocate and facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships, and to raise the awareness of governments and businesses of how their cooperation can cost-effectively provide quality public goods, services and facilities. Their web site makes available nearly 50 case studies, as well as many papers and presentations. Read more about National Council for Public-Private Partnerships...

National Association of Towns & Townships

Founded in 1976, the National Association of Towns & Townships focuses its research and advocacy efforts on serving the leaders of 11,500 member townships. Association goals include preserving local authority and control in telecommunications and promoting federal support for local economic development programs, water and wastewater infrastructure, brownfields redevelopment, rural roads and bridges. Read more about National Association of Towns & Townships...

National Association of Regional Councils

The National Association of Regional Councils is a nonprofit membership organization serving the interest of regional councils and metropolitan planning organizations nationwide.  It conducts research and promotes regional economic development strategies among its members. Read more about National Association of Regional Councils...

National Association of Development Organizations

The National Association of Development Organizations is a public interest group that provides a variety of services for regional development organizations across the U.S., including training, advocacy, and research in support of a regional approach to economic development. Read more about National Association of Development Organizations...

Municipal Waste Management Association

Affiliated with The United States Conference of Mayors, MWMA is dedicated to and driven by the needs of municipal solid waste directors, environmental commissioners and public works professionals and is a good source of information regarding municipal-owned environmental businesses, as well as general city-led environmental and recycling efforts. Read more about Municipal Waste Management Association...

International Economic Development Council

Established via a merger of the Council of Urban Economic Development (CUED) and the American Economic Development Association (AEDC), the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a large membership organization for economic and community development professionals. It provides resources such as information, research, and technical assistance to local development specialists in both the public and private sectors. Read more about International Economic Development Council...

International City/County Management Association

The International City/County Management Association is a professional and educational organization that represents local government administrators throughout the U.S. and the world. Membership services include policy research and analysis, networking, workshops and symposiums, as well as online research services. Read more about International City/County Management Association...

Government Finance Officers Association

The Government Finance Officers Association is a trade association of government finance officers in Canada and the United States. The association has published articles both in favor and against city ownership of hotels in its trade publication, Government Finance Review. Read more about Government Finance Officers Association...

Council of State Community Development Agencies

COSCDA represents the interest of state community development agencies with special focus on issues concerning affordable housing, local economic development and state-local relations. Read more about Council of State Community Development Agencies...

Council of Development Finance Agencies

The Council of Development Finance Agencies (CDFA) is a national association comprised of the leading members of the development finance community representing more than 165 public, quasi-public and private companies involved in municipal and development finance throughout the United States. The Council was formed in 1982 with the mission to strengthen the efforts of state and local development finance agencies fostering job creation and economic growth through the use of tax-exempt and other public-private partnership finance programs and vehicles. Read more about Council of Development Finance Agencies...

American Public Power Association

The American Public Power Association is the trade association for publicly owned electric utilities. APPA serves to help keep publicly owned utilities competitive in today's market through a variety publications, networking, and information services. Read more about American Public Power Association...